Kristin Dunn

 

Director, Western region

Kristin grew up as a Northerner, steeped in the bush life and in community.  She’s lived and worked in remote communities and isolated locales across northern Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, and has been present to raise her two children thanks to STARS Air Ambulance, who airlifted her from Red Deer Regional Hospital to Foothills in 1999, when a near-death experience led her to uncover a greater purpose in life.

Six years after her 2008 diagnosis, Kristin began working in the HIV sector as a peer research assistant for the WATCH study (Women, Art and the Criminalization of HIV). She has presented on behalf of WATCH at various regional, national and international conferences. Her most recent foray in research was as a community research associate on selected studies, such as the Virtual Cascade of Care Cohort and the INSTI Self-Test, with the Office of the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness.

Kristin is an inaugural member of the Wuniska Patient and Family Advisory Council for people living with HIV and the Patient Family Leadership Council within the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She sits on two additional Councils and Steering Committees within the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She worked formerly as a peer support worker (offering in-hospital outreach) for AIDS Saskatoon and was a founding member of the HIV & AIDS Response Team (HART) in partnership with Sanctum Care Group. In Kristin’s past role as a peer educator with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan, she created resources for their prison in-reach P2P Ed Sessions and co-founded a weekly support group for women in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhood (housed at Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op), which she continues to run independently with her co-founders. Kristin continues to work with the Northern Intertribal Health Authority and Prince Albert Grand Council on an ad-hoc basis.

With a perspective firmly rooted in a feminist social justice stance, she strives to uphold the principles of the greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA), the meaningful engagement of people living with HIV/AIDS (MEPA) and the meaningful engagement of women living with HIV/AIDS (MEWA), to embody Two-Eyed Seeing, and to co-create a holistic sense of community engagement and inclusion, in order to encourage others to improve their lives and to mobilize.

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